Thursday, June 21, 2007

the dude abides

Christine made me laugh yesterday by pointing out my flagrant use of the word dude.


It's the word that keeps on giving. But before I digress, let's start with a working definition.

The term "dude" is best known as a widely-used English slang word commonly used to informally address or refer to a person of the male sex. The word may also be used in the same manner when speaking to (or about) a person of the female sex. In informal social situations, it is not uncommon for young men to use the word "dude" to address one another, for example, "Mike Smith is one cool dude", or "Who did that?", "[The] dude with the red shirt did that". (sis). "Dude" may also be used alone in a sentence, serving as an exclamation; denoting a feeling of surprise, happiness, disappointment, amazement or anger, among other emotion.[1] The word might also be used practically anywhere in a sentence in order to convey such sentiments in conversation. The word's pluralization, simply "dudes," may also be used in the same manners. (Wikipedia, the source of all things accurate).

I was pleased to discover that I am using it in the right context. Dude to the chicks? No problem. Dudes to the masses? A-OK. Dude as an expression of tremendous joy? Right on. Dude anywhere in a sentence to convey sentiments? HA! See, I do that too.

Here are some others and of course, the inflection is critical. The tricky part is expressing that inflection in the blog world. Some examples may include:

Dude. Did you see that!!!
Dude. I am listening and I agree and I am so right there with you.
Dude. Are you kidding me? That rocks!
Dude. I love you.
Dude. Whoa. Wow. Nice.
Dude. No shit, really? That really happened??
Dude. Amen, yes, absolutely perfect.

I use the word at work:
Dude. Hey homeless guy, knock that shit off.
Dude. Hey, let's go get some lunch.
Dude. Nice going!
Dude. WTF? (this one comes with a specific facial expression)

I also use that word at home. M and I Dude each other all the way to school.

Me: Dude
M: Dude!
Me: Dude
M: Dude!

We'll do that till she points out that she does indeed have a real name and dude isn't it. She's still kind of uptight, though. I expect she'll come around. After all, she is only two. Dude.

And if I was as crafty as Alejna Id come up with an entire post replacing words in song titles with dude. Such as: I've been through the desert on a dude with no name (liberties on that one) or Dude on the run, or To dude, with love. But I am not as crafty as Alejna, so I'll leave that to her.

And my special whammy dude comes out when I am dealing with lawyers or cops or political types. I'll give a speech or hold my own in an argument, but then if the occasion permits it I'll insert a dude just to keep them on their toes. A girl's got to keep it real.

And more than anything, it's the irony that I appreciate. It's such a ridiculous word. All the more reason to toss it around.

In fact, the first person to leave a haiku in the comments using the word dude wins a special prize. What prize, you ask? It's special. It might even be candy. Dude.


mamatulip said...


I can't remember how haiku's go.


Like, dude.

Kids are suckin' the brains right out of my ears.


(I say dude a lot too. A LOT.)

mamatulip said...

Oh, and DUDE!

I was FIRST!

I don't think I've ever been first.


kristen said...

I so love the word dude. It really is so apt. And I'll never forget my brother-in-law in the delivery room with my sister,

'come on dude, you can do it, dude, push!'

KC said...

Dude it is the word
peppered in conversation
I love to say dude

KC said...

Dude it is the word
peppered in conversation
I love to say dude

KC said...

Dude, double the haikus, double the fun.

By the way, I was just going to write about this: I told off a dude yesterday by saying,

DUDE. *holds up hand* Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed today? (I actually said dude and it was to a mean old stranger.)

jen said...

KC - a true fellow duder from way back - gets candy. KC, I am mailing you candy. woohoo.

of course, that shouldn't stop the rest of you from haikuing the dude out of me.

theflyingmum said...

Haiku: 5-7-5, right?
OK, here goes...

I want to say "Dude"
but my tongue will not oblige
alas, I feel old

Dude. (theflyingmum)

QT said...

I am laughing b/c I say it all the time and I think it might be a west coast thing.

Karen Forest said...

(I can hear the background singers singin' to the Grease theme song)

Dude is the word, is the word, is the word.....

thailandchani said...

Very cute! I will admit that I only use it with you and a few others. It sounds ridiculous coming from someone my age but since I only have to type it, I will continue to enjoy throwing it around... dude. :)

Sorry to say I don't write haikus.

Peace, dude,


bubandpie said...

This post makes me so happy it just might make me lose my "dude" virginity. (I've never been able to use the cool words. But you really do excel at it. You're also good with "friend" and "sister" I've noticed.)

slouching mom said...

dude is never rude
some have dude ineptitude
dude, it mirrors mood

Julie Pippert said...

In addition to my (now socially acceptable) suburban white mom late 30s use of DUDE, can we approve, lovingly, my use of "hon" and "sweetie" too? Pretty please?

And dude. WTF? Haiku? The blog world's in love with haiku. ;)

Oh, The Joys said...


That was AWESOME.

Tabba said...

You are so money.
This post was money.

painted maypole said...

I could hear all of those "dude"s. A very good list.

flutter said...

Dude. You are the best, Jen. Seriously Dude.

NotSoSage said...

Oh, dude. It's not just a west coast thing. I use it, but then I hang out with jazzers a little too much, I think. You're lucky I'm not calling you all hep cats.

And (ahem) I will attest that sometimes "Dude" as a sentence is difficult to decipher.

meno said...

When i use the word DUDE, it means "HELL YEAH!"


whomever: "Bush is an ass."
me: "DUDE!"

urban-urchin said...

People at work make fun of me because I say Dude all the time. And awesome.

My two year old says dude and awesome and it's the cutest damn thing EVER. So people who don't like it can suck it.

Mayberry said...

Dude I would have loved
To see the face of the cop
When you "dude"-ed him.

FENICLE said...

Dude is my favorite word too!!! I probably sound like some old lady trying to be cool, but it's all good dude.

Orangeblossoms said...

I love the way you keep it real. Dude.

jen said...

dudes! i love the haikus!

and i thought of another song title by our friend Cat Stevens:

If you want to dude out, dude out...

alejna said...

spring turns to summer
the ripening fruit beckons
dude, pick me, pick me

Scribbit said...

Nothing like having your eight year old son call you "Dude" to give new meaning to the word.

I've been duded by an eight-year old. Great.

mitzh said...

Thanks for the laugh, dude!

On a more serious note, can I add you on my blogroll?

Jocelyn said...

Dag. I got here too late to score the prize.


But you still funny.

Christine said...


What more can I say?

You are one cool cat, dude.

kgirl said...

I am also a flagrant over-user of the righteous word.

Chris especially likes it when I call him dude.


Aliki2006 said...

As I commented to Christine, I wish I could pull of saying "dude" more.

Jenn said...

"Dude. WTF."

Huh, I thought I had that trademarked.

It's cool, though, I'm not the possessive type.

Rock on dude, rock on.

Pgoodness said...

I use it ALL the time - favorite word! My husband's favorite response is "Dude, did you just call me dude?"

Momish said...

It fits you very well, and I can just see M saying "Dude!" with all the right intonations and such!

I love the word too and it always seems to get a raised eyebrow response when it slips out of my mouth - all the more reason why I love it. My alternate is "chica", equally responded too in that way.

Some of my old time favs along with dude are "groovy" and "cat", as in "that groovy cat can dance!"

Magpie said...


I find myself saying dude, thinking that I'm still 25 or something.

Lawyer Mama said...

You are the dude, Dude.

I love using dude, although I usually use it in one or two specific ways.

Dude?! (WTF?) or
Dude. (Not cool, dude. Not cool.)

Bon said...

i love dude, dude. i'm sending this to my own dude...because it will make him giggle.

for years now, we've referred to each other as dude. some of his more traditional male friends have been aghast to hear him call me "dude" over the phone, and assumed i was offended.

dude, i was charmed.

my haiku, just for the hell...though i admit it's derivative.

call the lady dude
to ascertain cool, man. she
bristles? head home, cat.

jen said...

bon, that haiku is freaking money. dude. i love it.

Mrs. Chicky said...

Doood. I had to wean myself off that word because I was using it far too often.

But dude haikus? Doooooood. Love it!

KC said...

Candy! WOO-HOO!

And urban-urchin, ME TOO.

(and this makes my 4th comment on this post. Dude.)

Sober Briquette said...

Totally enjoyable, dude.

Head hurts, so no haiku.

Fiona never liked any nicknames either. Still very high strung.

Beck said...

"Dude. Hey homeless guy, knock that shit off."
I don't say dude. I say "buddy", as in "HEY BUDDY! GET DOWN FROM THERE NOW!". It's all purpose. I also use the Canadian "eh" to a point which makes me sound brain damaged.

Hel said...

Dude. I love you.

Joker The Lurcher said...

round our way it seems that 'blood' or 'bub' has taken over from dude...i am not cool enough to try any of them!

radioactive girl said...

THat has got to be my favorite word ever. I overuse it, and when younger people hear me use it, they tell me it isn't so cool anymore. I don't care at all. I have four kids, so I will make my own little generation of people who will use the word.

Kyla said...

Dude. This was way entertaining.

I, too, have noticed your "Dude" and it has just made you all the more endearing. :) My favorite is when you leave a deep comment and end it with dude. Perfection!

Earthmamagoddess said...

MEE TOOOOO I say it way too much.

Much to my joy, both my teenagers have called me DUDEMOM on several occasions.....

never fails to crack us all up